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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Oakland Auditorium on 1981-12-31 (December 31, 1981)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: December 31, 1981 (check for other copies)
Venue: Oakland Auditorium
Location: Oakland, CA

Source: SBD -> Cassette Master (Nakamichi 550/Maxell UDXLII-S90)
Lineage: Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/96k) -> Adobe Audition v1.5 -> Samplitude Professional v10.1 -> FLAC/24
Taped by: Joani Walker and Paul Scotton
Transferred by: Charlie Miller
Keywords: Soundboard; Joani Walker; Charlie Miller; 24 bit


Set 1

Shakedown Street
Me And My Uncle ->
Mexicali Blues
Cold Rain And Snow
C C Rider
It Must Have Been The Roses
Beat It On Down The Line
Big Boss Man ->
New Minglewood Blues
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2

Iko Iko
Playing In The Band ->
Terrapin Station ->
Playing In The Band ->
Drums ->
Space ->
The Other One ->
Not Fade Away ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Morning Dew

Set 3

Dark Star ->
Bertha ->
Good Lovin'

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue


Patch Info:
(FOB) Nakamichi 100 -> Cassette Master -> Cassette (shnid=85628) supplies:
Terrapin Station (12:47 - 13:03)
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad (6:54 - 7:01)

-- This has fixed levels on s3t02, s3t03 and s3t04
-- Joan Baez is backed by The Grateful Dead during her acoustic set
-- C C Rider, Big Boss Man, Minglewood and Iko with Matthew Kelly
-- Roses, BIODTL, Don't Ease Me In and Baby Blue with Joan Baez
-- The Other One, Not Fade Away and GDTRFB with John Cippolina
-- This is an upgrade to all previous circulating copies
-- Patch source was EQ'd and pitch corrected
-- Thanks to Joani Walker and Paul Scotton for the tapes
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction
Joan Baez Acoustic Set:
s1t01 - Land Of A Thousand Dances
s1t02 - Do Right Woman
s1t03 - The Boxer
s1t04 - Tunisian New Year Song
s1t05 - Me

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Reviewer: doug_the_dude - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 1, 2014
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This is probably the most - I don't know - updated? full? complete? final? rendering of this legendary show on the archives - I can't thank CM enough for this one - it takes a pretty perfect soundboard and makes it even more perfect. If such a thing is possible. 12/31/81 towers above everything else the band did that year; it's almost unfair to compare. Some highlights/notes:

* Joan - many don't like her. I think she's a great fingerpicking guitar player and that voice, well - she certainly was the angel on that chariot, black night behind her, at Woodstock, was she not? Say what you will, she definitely is the most *topical* of songwriters there ever was - singing "Children of the 80s" and name-dropping the Grateful Dead at least twice in her set - *in the lyrics*. I don't know, I like her music. But she's all but impossible to harmonize with!
* Big Boss Man really does seal the first set. Jerry fits so easily into the role of lead singer on this one you're almost slapping yourself to remember it was Pigpen that owned this one for so long.
* the sheer confusing madness with Kesey - be sure to crank this one to the maximum your speakers can handle! Without doubt my favorite of Bill Graham's Happy New Year countdowns with this band. 2nd set - all but flawless - listen to Mickey or whoever it is intone "yeah! yeah!" as that post-Terrapin jam comes to life....this also sounds like the first time Mickey ever used the Beam - they definitely employ some pretty wild effects during the Drums that weren't common in the early 80s...
* Find the New Riders set if you can - it's awesome!

Got to mention one more time the sound quality. There are simply very few Dead shows that sound as perfectly clean as this board. It really does sound like a studio recording, but manages to retain the warmth of a live performance, the crowd just audible. In 24-bit, with all the flaws corrected that could possibly be, stream this one for the New Year if you have never heard it.